Truck access issue resolved

A burning issue in Kingston appears to have been resolved to residents’ satisfaction, in a matter of just a few hours.

On Wednesday, the Kingston Community Board was talking publicly about court action to stop the Kingston Village Ltd, the developer of a 750-lot subdivision, running 45-tonne gravel trucks along narrow Kent St.

But late on Friday, the Queenstown Lakes District Council’s chief engineer announced the problem had been solved.

The company had "very recently" secured access directly from State Highway 6 south of the township.

And in the same statement, company director Craig Goodman said the company was "very pleased" to have access that would alleviate the community’s concerns.

Board chairman Athol Elliott said on Saturday the SH6 option was what the community had always wanted.

He thanked council staff, who had been "working pretty hard for us".

Mr Elliott said the concern had not been about the development, but about the safety of residents.

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